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looks like now, less than two weeks after his operation. surgeons are impressed. >> this is an individual who really has not lived for the last 15 years, as you and i know it, living behind a mask, living basically as a recluse, doing his shopping at night. >> great that he has his life back. doctors also say that norris is beginning to feel his new face. he's already standing up, brushing his teeth and even shaving. a miracle of medicine. >> god bless those doctors. >> mm-hmm. well, after days of peace and quiet, the rumbling has now returned to clintonville, wisconsin. residents were awakened tuesday night to a new round of booms and shakes. geological experts are offering the same explanation they gave last week, calling it all seismic activity, basically a small series of earthquakes. >> felt like somebody's coming in the house with a car, you know, that sound you get from hitting something? >> as far as the magnitude, the size of these earthquakes we've seen so far, i mean, they're so
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small that they're just going to cause a lot of alarm for an area that is not used to having any kind of event. >> experts say the quakes are virtually harmless, though, and they can expect them to diminish over time. give those poor folks in wisconsin a little break, man. all that -- >> we're just trying to get to wisconsin. >> -- rocking and rolling. >> maybe you can experience the booming of -- >> no problem. >> cheese curds. i'm sure you'd love them. they're yummy. here's a look at your weather this thursday morning. some dangerous winds and hail across nebraska, kansas and missouri. showers in the dakotas and minnesota, also from texas and louisiana into tennessee and the carolinas. flurries in northern new england. rain and mountain snow in the northwest and in northern california. >> 48 in seattle, 66 in billings, 75 in colorado springs, 60 in minneapolis. 50s in chicago and boston and 80s from dallas to hot-lanta. >> that's it.
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everybody likes a little alone time, certainly. so it shouldn't have been too much of a surprise when a 2 1/2-ton circus elephant broke away from his handlers. >> if this happened in the confines of a zoo, no problem. but this pachyderm named baby took off in the town of blackpool in ireland where she was supposed to be the star of the parade. >> nobody puts baby in the corner! of course, now animal rights activists are outraged and calling for a ban on animals in circuses. >> they get fed well, though in circuses. >> peta, please address your e-mails to paula.faris@abcnews.com. love you, babar. we'll be right back with more "world news now" after this. ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather ght to you by >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by febreze air effects. help us with an experiment for febreze fabric refresher, they agreed.
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♪ ♪ i want bourbon, one scotch, one beer ♪ okay, so, by anyone's standards, a bourbon, a scotch and a beer is quite a bit of booze for a human, but what about for a canine, a small canine? >> a small dog wasn't drinking bourbon, scotch or beer but he was given way too much vodka. mike cronin of kfbb in helena, montana has the pretty staggering story. >> reporter: an unusual patron entered smith's bar on march 1st, one that's not allowed. >> i asked the owner of the dog if there was something wrong with the dog. he's like, the dog got into my cup of vodka in the car. >> reporter: but reports say the man was giving the dog alcohol while it was inside of his jacket. video surveillance shows 2-year-old arly falling over, too drunk to stand. the bartender then contacted
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authorities. >> i think anybody would do that. having a dog is like having a kid for a lot of people. >> reporter: 49-year-old todd schrier was charged with animal cruelty. the pomeranian had a blood alcohol level of more than four times the legal driving limit. he was rushed to the local clinic. >> i was horrified. i couldn't believe that somebody intentionally would do that to an animal. >> reporter: but thankfully, arly is doing just fine under the care of the humane society. >> he's just a kick in the pants. you know, he's got a lot of personality, and he's recovered very well and doesn't seem to have any lasting after effects. >> reporter: giving alcohol to any dog can be deadly, especially when you consider the fact that little arly here weighs a mere 10 pounds. >> i kept thinking it was a large dog and then i nearly fell over when they walked in with this little guy. >> oh, i bet there was a hangover, but we treated that also. he got a hefty dose of the canine equivalent of ibuprofen. >> reporter: arly's future will be decided in court.
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for now, he's happy and sober. >> if you have animals, treat them like a kid. you know? i mean, they're precious. they have feelings too. >> four times the limit? >> that's cruel. that's not good. this happened, the key is amazing, early in the story -- the dog got into my cup of vodka in the car. in the car! in the car the guy was having his vodka. >> he wanted the dog to drive. >> the dog has been registered in alcoholics anonymous. >> doggie rehab, get his bark back? we'll be right back. >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations.wowowowowo
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♪ "the hunger games" brought in $153 million at the box office last weekend. and parts of the movie were filmed in charlotte, north
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carolina, and all of a sudden, i'm in the mood for bojangles. >> and the city is ready to cash in on all that popularity for the film. wsoc's tori welles tells us the registers, they are a ringing. >> reporter: if you've seen "the hunger games," this may look familiar. it's the stage of the night theater. >> we have already seen an influx of people who have been outside the theater having their pictures taken. >> reporter: north carolina's division of tourism is trying to capitalize on that interest, posting a four-day itinerary of places to go to experience the movie, places like amelie's, where the stars hung out, the nascar hall of fame, which it says offers a parallel experience to hovercrafts in the movie, and the knight theater, where some scenes were shot. >> we've got a lot of requests from parents who want to bring their kids in who want to see the locations. >> reporter: blumenthal vice president douglas young says it's too early to know if the excitement will translate to more ticket sales, but he expects it will bring more people to the arts campus. and already, it's becoming a popular location for events.
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the north carolina division of tourism says its "hunger games" page got 20,000 hits the first week it was up. it's the most searched item on their website. and this itinerary is the most downloaded item. >> we've seen a lot of people coming in that are maybe asking for some of the foods they saw in the film. >> reporter: at first, amelie's made headlines because stars were spotted there, but even the restaurant was surprised to see these on the big screen. >> i saw my food on the train. >> reporter: it has seen a boost in business since the film and its main source of advertising, the web, has seen a lot of hits. >> our facebook page and twitter page has sort of been buzzing since. >> reporter: the north carolina division of tourism says 25 years later, "dirty dancing" is still bringing fans to lake lure, where parts of it was shot. so many, a festival was created. it hopes this effort brings similar results. >> hopefully, yes, it will have a lasting impact. >> as it says here from charlotte, my home state of north carolina, it's the second largest banking center of the u.s., right after new york city, eighth busiest airport.
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it is the 17th largest city in the country and home of the nascar hall of fame. >> good to see a movie shot somewhere other than new york or l.a. >> enjoy that ride, charlotte.
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your morning papers. okay, first of all, we were so excited when we brought you this story earlier this week. tacocopter is a company out in the silicon valley. basically, you can order your tacos on your smartphone, and they beam in your gps location and then an unmanned, droned helicopter will drop your tacos off at your house. >> we need some -- >> i need some. >> we need a food drop like that. >> nutrigrain bars? i want tacos! >> i'm devastated. it was a hoax. it was a fake. >> there's no tacocopter! >> the site's author did a -- she said she wanted to generate
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interest, make people think about how to make something like this work. it generated 25,000 likes on facebook. had twitter buzzing. great idea. so, maybe somebody could patent it. you and i. we'll win the mega millions and then start up tacocopter. >> highly realistic plan. we'll get right on that as soon as the show's over today. this i found interesting. we all take our sick days every now and then. and most of the time, we're actually sick. some of the time we're not. you have your tissues and you call up. i can't make it today. but surprisingly, according to "the daily mail," a new survey of 5,000 american employees shows, guess what, that 84% of the people when questioned were actually sick. >> really? >> they weren't just taking mental health days, as i like to call them. they were using the tissues and tylenol and sanitizer and chicken soup. so they say women were more honest -- >> of course we were. >> -- then men. most people lying were taking off because they were hung over or interviewing for another job. we've all seen that or done that. >> ah hah! >> a lot of folks out there
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really were sick, so honesty, folks. >> love the attitude. so this isn't necessarily -- facebook analyzed relationship data from 2010 and 2011 to figure out when people got into a relationship and out of relationships. okay, summertime was a bad time for relationships. they say the hot summer months have a chilling effect on relationships. summer was just bad news. we all know why. looking at all the hot guys and girls out there. you're looking good, you're tan, you're toned. the top two times for relationships, valentine's day and christmas. >> so winter is better for relationships. summer is not. >> yep. you got it, basically. unscientific according to facebook. >> what's always good for relationships, clean teeth. >> oh, yeah. >> we've all done this. putting a little toothpaste on your finger -- >> take that off. >> put a little toothpaste on your finger. that gives you more fluoride during the day. it doesn't replace the real thing but more fluoride to your
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this morning on "world news now" -- security concerns. after a jetblue pilot's scary midflight meltdown, there are new questions right now about airline crew members and their mental health. >> while pilots get required physical check-ups, who is making sure they are mentally fit to fly? it's thursday, march 29th. captions paid for by abc, inc. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris this thursday morning. while jetblue captain clayton osbon remains in custody being watched by doctors as well as fbi agents, we're getting new video. look at this. new details about the scary situation during that flight to las vegas. it's just amazing what was going on in the guy's mind. this gives you a little bit more glimpse as to what was going on
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before he even got on to that plane. >> absolutely. they originally said a panic attack, but it seems like it was far more severe than a panic attack. that's why all these questions about mental health screening. we'll get to that in a second. also this morning, investigators in vermont say a popular teacher and single mother was lured away from her home in a bizarre and very violent plot. a man and a woman are now charged in this case. what exactly, though, was going on in their minds? a brutal, brutal case. >> you always want to be a good samaritan but that makes you think twice, for sure. >> yes. and later this half hour, a kindergarten teacher's life-saving gift to the father of one of her students. her lesson in generosity and goodness makes this our favorite story of the day. so just when we were thinking about the depravity of humanity, there's a story that gives us the other side as well. >> life shows us both sides all the time. but first, that jetblue captain has been charged now with interfering with a flight crew and also has been suspended officially from his job. >> and we are learning new details about the events which unfolded aboard that flight. here's abc's jim avila.
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>> reporter: even before the chilling threats and berserk behavior captured on cell phone cameras aboard jetblue 191, captain clayton osbon was acting strangely according to an fbi agent in this sworn document charging the pilot with interfering with the crew. first, osbon reported late to jfk, missing the pilot's briefing. and once in the air, turned over controls to his first officer saying, "things just don't matter," at one point, yelling over the radio to air traffic control and instructing them to be quiet, then turning off the radio and dimming his monitors. the co-pilot telling the fbi the captain was ranting about religion and the need to take a leap of faith, saying "we're not going to vegas." it was then that osbon abruptly left the cabin, heading to the bathroom. inside was passenger sarah straw. >> all of a sudden, i heard a couple of loud bangs on the
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door. then the door started getting pulled open. >> reporter: flight attendants heard him rant about the 150 souls on board and became even more worried when the captain tried to re-enter the cockpit, and he banged on the door hard enough that the first officer thought that he was coming through the door. >> he almost got in there and then that's when i seen the door buckled a little bit. >> reporter: and this is what really frightened passengers. captured in this video, spreading across the internet. that's the wildly flailing and shouting captain up there by the exit door. >> oh, my god! >> i was assuming that he was going to open the door. >> reporter: at 30,000 feet, it's impossible to open that door, but when the captain of the plane is screaming about al qaeda, bombs and his own unstable mental condition, anything seems possible. how bad was it? at one point the pilot yelled to his co-pilot, "full throttle, boys." that would have been disastrous. jim avila, abc news, new york. >> and again, you don't know
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when these things are going to strike. he has a very clean record at jetblue, according to a statement from that company. and they said the captain has a well-earned reputation among his peers as a consummate professional. this guy had a clean track record. no one could have seen this coming. >> his dad, our madison affiliate uncovered that his father died in a plane crash maybe 20 years ago, but the department of justice saying that it's punishable by up to 20 years. jim avila also mentioned in "world news tonight," this is similar to maybe a reaction from somebody, his reaction was similar to somebody that maybe was withdrawing from prescription drugs or alcohol because it was so severe. >> panic attack doesn't seem to describe that situation whatsoever. >> no. >> so, that story still developing, as you can imagine. switching gears now. new video obtained by abc news raised more questions about the trayvon martin case. the surveillance video shows george zimmerman right there being taken in for questioning the very night of the shooting. he does not appear injured, though, even though he claimed that martin punched him in the nose and also smashed his head into the ground. he did not go to the emergency
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room after leaving the sanford police station. >> very interesting video there. well, there are new, horrifying details in the murder of a single mother in vermont. police say a married couple strangled the popular teacher, doused her in bleach and then dumped her body in a river. and what's worse, they say, is that the shocking crime took place in front of her 2-year-old son. wmur's melinda davenport reports. >> reporter: sharon tinder says her brother and sister-in-law, 30-year-old allen prue and 33-year-old patricia prue, are innocent. >> i think they are ridiculous. my brother would never do anything like this. and i mean, my sister-in-law wouldn't either. they don't have a mean bone in their body. >> reporter: vermont state police say they murdered vermont teacher melissa jenkins. both were arraigned in court, separately entering the courtroom shackled and charged with second-degree murder. >> they knew ms. jenkins and had snowplowed her driveway a couple of years ago. the investigation has determined
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that this was an isolated incident. >> reporter: the 33-year-old disappeared sunday night. her car left running with her 2-year-old son inside. jenkins' body was found monday dumped in the connecticut river with a cinderblock tied to her feet. police say prue and his wife told jenkins they had car trouble in attempt to lure her out of her home and then murder her. >> the cause of ms. jenkins' death was the result of strangulation. >> reporter: in an affidavit, police found jenkins' body face down in shallow water with condoms and wrappers found nearby. friends of jenkins told police allen prue once asked melissa jenkins out and showed up drunk at her house last year. >> there are animals in this world. the couple pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. police say they were out sunday and decided to "get a girl," and that's what led to this. >> how can you do something so egregious in front of a child? and according to police reports,
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when they were questioning, which i can't imagine just being in that room questioning the little boy, he was making the motion -- >> the gesture. >> -- that his mom was strangled. >> if you are capable of killing an innocent woman, i think you are capable of just about anything. it's just hard to get your head around something like that, especially in front of a child. another bizarre and sad case. the los angeles teacher accused of bizarre sex acts with a student will stay in jail, at least for now. the judge refused to lower mark berndt's $23 million bail. in arguing, though, against the reduction, prosecutors said some of the alleged victims in the case were having nightmares still. however, berndt's lawyers claim he has been threatened in jail. berndt's accused of abusing children in his own classroom for several years. and lawyers for dominique strauss-kahn are arguing diplomatic immunity should protect their client from a civil suit stemming from sex assault allegations. the former head of the imf is being sued by a hotel housekeeper who claims strauss-kahn sexually attacked her right here in new york city.
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criminal charges against him, though, were dropped last year. strauss-kahn has recently been implicated in a separate case of prostitution investigation in france. well, it's one of the most distinctive sounds in american country music. ♪ got to love that. earl scruggs on the banjo. he teamed with guitarist lester flatt on the iconic theme from "the beverly hillbillies." among hundreds of other tunes. now word comes from nashville that earl scruggs died of natural causes. he was 88 but leaves behind a wonderful gift of music. in other news this morning, the colorado forest service is now apologizing for that controlled burn that flared into that deadly wildfire near denver. the fire has killed at least two people, destroyed more than 4,000 acres and also burned down two dozen homes. abc's clayton sandell reports on one family's dramatic escape. >> that is ominous. >> reporter: doug gillick knew there were only minutes to
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escape. his wife kim helped frantically pack three kids and the family dog. >> couldn't see like our hands in front of our faces except for the sparks flying. >> reporter: 13-year-old caleb was recording this video when they ran into trouble. >> where's mom? what are you stopping for? daddy. >> we'll make it. we're going to be fine. there it is, right here, right here. >> oh, my gosh. >> reporter: by following a neighbor who knew the way, they made it out alive. >> okay. we're out, we're out, we're out. >> reporter: it crossed both of your minds that you weren't going to make it out. >> definitely did. that was one of the first things i thought was it's too late, it's just too late, we're not going to make it. >> reporter: some of their neighbors didn't make it. two were killed and search teams are looking for another. the governor suspended so-called controlled burns like the one that led to this fire. it has now destroyed more than two dozen homes since monday. >> it's forever changed. it may be part of nature, but this one didn't have to happen. >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> i smell lawsuit in that, just saying. >> chilling to hear that little girl's voice.
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"are we going to make it, daddy?" well, here's your thursday forecast, everybody. rain from seattle to northern california. snow in the cascades, northern rockies and sierra range. severe storms from omaha to st. louis. thunderstorms in the dakotas and minnesota. showers along the gulf coast, tennessee and the carolinas. snow in northern new england. >> 50s in chicago, boston and new york. 82 in atlanta. 60 in the twin cities. phoenix at 84. it is 66 in salt lake city. >> i think we need to lighten the mood right now. >> yeah, rough news this morning. one of the great upsides of our unseasonably warm winter, tons of early blooming berries. >> yes, and all the mid-atlantic strawberry farmers say their crops will be ready to eat ten days to two weeks earlier than normal, and they say they're finding more berries per plant, which means you can expect to find much lower than normal prices. good to hear some news about prices going down on something these days. gas is up, plane tickets are up. >> my family buys enough
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strawberries it's almost as much as the pump. >> strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, halle berry. a lot of berries this time of year. we'll be right back with more "world news now" after this. ♪ let me take you down 'cause i'm going to strawberry fields ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" >> announcer: "world news now weather" brought to you by duracel batteries. ry will do... consider the journey of today's athletes: ♪ their training depends on technology. [ beeping, ticks ] and when their devices are powered by a battery, there are athletes everywhere who trust duracell so whether they're headed for london or the journey has just begun... they rely on copper to go for the gold. duracell. trusted everywhere.
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♪ a little head banging. >> yeah, head banging, rock out. >> taking me back to my junior high and high school days. >> you were rocking out back then, weren't you? >> i still have my cassette tapes. >> oh, lord. >> i'll bring them to "world news now" some time. okay, all you moms out there, you're going to have a particular interest in our next story. some of you may be doing it and others not. a lot of you are already cringing thinking about it. >> this one gets me. the "it" there is taking pills made from a mother's own placenta. yum!
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it has some supporters in hollywood but plenty of skeptics out there as well, but is it safe? that's the big question. with more on that, here's abc's abbie boudreau. >> reporter: fighting fatigue after her baby was born, bombshell "mad men" actress january jones tried an old trick to help boost her energy. she took pills made from her placenta. and she credits this growing trend for her speedy recovery, even telling "people" magazine, "i suggest it to all moms." some herbalists believe the placenta which grows in a pregnant woman's uterus and nourishes the baby is full of vitamins and nutrients, claiming that when ingested, it wards off baby blues, increases your energy level and helps you drop those dreaded pregnancy pounds. so, how old is august? >> august is 8 months old. >> reporter: but this new mom, nancy redd, calls this nothing more than a celebrity-driven fad, one she fell for and now regrets. >> when i saw the placenta pill trend, i immediately hopped on the bandwagon, even though i had no idea where the train was
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going. >> reporter: redd, a "new york times" best-selling author, had also heard about the supposed health benefits, so, she, too, tried it. >> i'm the person that always tells young women, diet pills don't work! you know, things like that, that mascara's not going to turn you into a supermodel. and then here i was, eating my placenta and sitting and waiting for it to work like a miracle pill. >> reporter: redd says she felt short-tempered and weepy, so two days and eight pills later, she stopped taking them, and she says she started feeling better immediately. >> i would really like to see more studies done and more safety practices in place. >> reporter: experts say there's no scientific evidence that ingesting placenta helps with energy or depression. >> that's no scientific literature to suggest that, in fact, ingesting it will provide the same benefits that the baby is getting. >> reporter: and the process to make the capsules is not regulated. some doctors believe it could also be dangerous. >> any human tissue can contain infectious material, which could cause infection to other
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individuals in the household. so, that would be of concern. >> reporter: it's a big debate in the post-partum world where many moms would ingest about anything to feel better after the big day. but if she could do it all over again, redd knows what she'd do differently. >> i don't think that in my case, i would be ingesting my placenta again. >> reporter: abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles. >> have you ever seen a placenta? >> no. >> it's the afterbirth. and it's nasty. >> you know what? i'm simple guy. >> it looks like a nasty -- >> i'm a simple guy. fry it up, put a little salsa on it. i'm good. just go for it. this is the question of the day -- if you are the mother of a newborn, would you consume your own placenta? please let us know at wnnfans.com. >> stacey says, "no, but if it would have made my last year better, yes. i have 5, 6 and under, real hard." i like the idea that maybe you could lose weight but once you have seen it --
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>> it's hard to stomach. we'll be right back. stay with us. us.
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♪ ♪ come and knock on our door we've been waiting for you ♪ >> singing! >> one of my favorite '70s sitcoms, love "three's company," man. mr. furley, all right. plenty of stories about the british royals, which i love. but this one probably qualifies as the weirdest. >> i was just really entertained by you singing because you usually don't. >> i usually don't. i love the show. >> it's pretty simple, will and kate, look out, harry is moving in. and abc's lama hasan's report from london. >> reporter: the wedding just may have included his and hers towels. now, it looks like will and kate will need an extra set of his, because little brother harry has
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moved out of st. james palace, where he shared a suite of rooms with william, and into the newlyweds' new digs at kensington palace. and the two royals know this place well. they used to live here with their mother, diana. so, prince harry may have been acting like tom cruise in "top gun" while at training exercises in the states, flying apache helicopters, but is he now taking over the john ritter role on "three's company"? okay, he does get his own pad, so who says three's a crowd? harry and big brother, king in training william, are said to be very close. the two of them were on the phone the whole time during harry's recent trip to jamaica, heralding the queen's silver jubilee. >> he was always there as a brother, as an older brother, so therefore, wise advice, but on this trip, yes, we exchanged text messages now and then. >> reporter: and he and kate get along famously. >> to have a sister, a big sister, it's very, very nice.
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♪ teach your children well, their father's hell did slowly go by ♪ ♪ welcome back, everybody. finally this half hour, a selfless act of kindness makes this our favorite story of the day, and it comes to us from the suburbs of dallas, texas. >> there you go. a youngster still has his father, thanks to the generosity of the child's kindergarten teacher. teresa woodard has the details. >> i didn't think that god made people like her anymore. >> reporter: she's a life-saver. >> i'm excited. i'm excited because i'm going to get a second chance to live and
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be able to be a father for my son. >> reporter: marshall smith's kidneys are failing. his arm holds deep scars from two years of dialysis three times every week. this 50-year-old father to 5-year-old sean didn't have much hope, until sean got mrs. marie bell for a teacher. >> i'm blessed. i'm blessed to know this family, i'm blessed to have this child in my classroom, and i'm blessed that i can give. >> reporter: tuesday afternoon inside dallas' baylor hospital, mrs. bell gave sean's daddy a kidney. this all started with sean being tardy to kindergarten. his mom wrote a note. the excuse was his dad was in the hospital. when mrs. bell read that, she started asking questions. >> and that was the first i had known that marshall was on dialysis and had been for two years. >> reporter: on the eve of the transplant, marie bell remembered that note and the sorrow she felt when she read it, the elation she felt when she discovered she was a perfect
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match. >> i mean, every single test she has done has come out to be a match. that's god-sent. >> how could i look at that little boy, look in his eyes every day, greet him every day as his teacher, as his caregiver, as his educator and as a mother and know that i didn't try? >> i do feel she's a miracle worker because she's my miracle. >> there are still angels among us, folks. wow, that's an incredible story there. everyone is doing fine. the recipient and donor are resting comfortably at baylor university hospital and they are doing well. great news. >> teachers are so much more than educators, aren't they? >> yes, indeed. >> especially in stories like that. restores your faith in -- >> humanity, yes, it does. after the news being shared today, yeah, we needed that story. >> for sure. that's the news for this half hour. make sure you follow us on facebook, everybody. where can you find us, wnnfans.com? >> that's the one.
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mor this morning on "world news now" -- major developments in the trayvon martin case in florida. for the very first time, we are seeing video of the gunman, george zimmerman, in handcuffs the night of the shooting. >> on top of that, trayvon martin's girlfriend tells abc news about her phone call with him just moments before he was killed. it's thursday, march 29th. captions paid for by abc, inc. >> good thursday morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. >> hey, everybody. i'm rob nelson. well, that video showing zimmerman at the sanford police station reveals a lot. an orlando station interviewed zimmerman's father on top of that. he is defending his son in all this and insists that george was the one who was attacked. we get the latest chapter of
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this still unfolding story. lots of questions raised by this video and really by the dad's interview last night here. >> we heard about his condition after that altercation. he appeared to be okay in that video. >> that's one of the big questions. also this morning, the jetblue captain now facing charges after his in-flight meltdown. with more and more flight crew members showing unusual behavior, the question remains, is anyone monitoring the mental health of airline personnel? >> i'll be on a plane friday afternoon heading down to chapel hill. i'm like, you always have to wonder about what's going on in the cockpit. is everybody, are they awake, are they sober, are they on the verge of a meltdown? we've seen some of these scary pilot stories. everyone should be a little on edge about what's going on. stuff you can't see on that flight. >> and they are responsible for hundreds of lives. >> scary. all right, also ahead this half hour, president obama is sexy and he knows it. so, we can't wait to show you this very unique rendition of that popular song. that's coming up later in "the skinny." it's amazing on so many levels what good editors can put
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together. >> it is truly a talent. >> it is great. first, images from the video appear to contradict george zimmerman's claim that he was injured that fateful night. >> absolutely. he left the sanford police station hours later without seeking emergency treatment. abc's matt gutman has the latest on all of this from suburban orlando. >> reporter: in exclusive video obtained by abc news, you can see george zimmerman in handcuffs walking into the sanford police department to be questioned. this is the first time we've seen him the night of the shooting. you see him here being frisked. he's wearing that red fleece jacket described by eyewitnesses the night he shot trayvon martin. zimmerman claims it was self-defense, that martin attacked him, punching him and slamming his head on the ground, but take a closer look at this video. we slow it down. no visible blood on his head or his nose or his clothes. we know he never went to the emergency room that night. and while zimmerman claims martin towered over him, he looks well built, hardly the
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porkly image in this 2005 mug shot. abc news spoke exclusively with martin's 16-year-old girlfriend, deedee. she describes being on the phone with martin as he described zimmerman following him. >> and then trayvon come and said the man was still behind him. >> reporter: just 70 feet from home, martin was killed by a single shot to the chest. hours later, george zimmerman walked out of that police station a free man. matt gutman, abc news, sanford, florida. >> as we mentioned, the dad, zimmerman's dad, gave an interview last night. he said, "i never foresaw so much hate coming from the president, the congressional black caucus, the naacp. every organization imaginable is trying to get notoriety or profit, so much hate. really unbelievable." so, he chastises these people for the reaction this case has generated, but you know what he didn't say? never an apology, never any words for trayvon's family. i find that appalling and indefensible. >> it's different if it was just
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maybe he was, you know if he wasn't fatally shot, just mildly injured. but if you are responsible for someone's life, there needs to be an apology in there, somewhere, regardless of who's at fault. >> you would think. you would think. go ahead. i'm sorry. >> robin roberts hosted a forum on abc radio last night, because this just really had just stirred up the country and provoked a lot of conversation. >> race and justice was the topic, trying to bring some churches into the conversation as well. >> abc news coupled with yahoo!. >> no visible scarring or bruises or blood in that video. whoa! that contradicts the story! >> that was the most damning piece of evidence, at least in my mind. >> that will be the discussion today, as the story moves on. switching gears now. the jetblue captain who went berserk in midflight will face legal troubles once he is released from the hospital. >> he's also been suspended with pay from his airline job. abc's t.j. winick has new details about the frightening flight. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. those who know clayton osbon say they are absolutely shocked at
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the irrational behavior displayed the other day is not the man they know. removed from active duty by jetblue, captain clayton osbon remains in custody while under the care of medical professionals in amarillo, texas. he's expected to be released from the hospital later this week. now the veteran pilot faces one count of interference with flight crew members and attendan attendants. >> i'm so distraught. >> reporter: after his outburst tuesday on board a jetblue new york to las vegas flight all caught on cell phone video obtained by cnn. according to an fbi affidavit, the first officer became concerned when osbon said "things just don't matter." the irrational behavior forced the co-captain to lock him out of the cockpit. that's when the tirade really began. >> jetblue 191 emergency. we're going to need authorities and medicals to meet us at the airplane. >> reporter: the plane was diverted to texas about the same time david gonzalez noticed the captain's apparent emotional breakdown. >> as soon as he pointed, i
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mean, i grabbed his arm and i put him in a choke hold. >> reporter: osbon's neighbors and friends back in georgia say they're shocked. they've never seen any signs of mental stress from the 49-year-old, but the airline supports him. >> very good neighbor and a good person. >> reporter: passengers on board a us airways flight had to endure their own harrowing plane ride. a female passenger headed from charlotte to ft. myers, florida, had to be restrained after allegedly attacking crew members when they wouldn't serve her alcohol. an off-duty sheriff's deputy who was on board helped corral the 50-year-old. she faces charges of battery and interfering with the operation of an aircraft. surprisingly, while airline pilots do go through an annual medical screening, psychological exams are not included. rob and paula? >> i have a feeling that is going to change. thanks, t.j., for that report. turning to politics now, republican heavy hitters are falling in line behind mitt romney as it becomes more evident that he will be eventual nominee. now, they have the party patriarch. former president george h.w.
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bush and his wife, barbara, will formally endorse romney today. last night, florida senator marco rubio backing romney, saying it's increasingly clear that he will win the nomination. of course, rubio could help bring in some of those latino votes as well. and vice president biden sharpened his attacks on romney during a campaign stop in iowa. biden said that romney is consistently wrong on u.s. manufacturing. the vice president, who is known for his verbal gaffes, created a stir later when he mistakenly thanked dr. pepper instead of a college president named dr. paper. now i'm in the mood for dr. pepper. >> exactly. and rubio rumored to be a vice president candidate, so that's an interesting endorsement for a number of reasons. all right, other news now. pope benedict is back home at the vatican this morning after his historic visit to cuba. the pope spent some one on one time with former leader fidel castro, who told the pontiff he had watched his entire visit on tv earlier. i'm sorry, earlier, the pope delivered an unusually political sermon, insisting on more freedom for the catholic church
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in that communist-run country. final four always conjures up interesting emotions. the rivalry between kentucky and louisville has hit a new low as the two teams prepare to face off in the final four this weekend. two patients well past their college years actually got into a fist fight at a dialysis clinic. it started out as a verbal argument and then the louisville fan slugged the kentucky fan who was still hooked up to the dialysis machine. [ laughter ] >> he just happened to think that u of l would beat uk and he started running his mouth. that's what started it. >> i didn't talk to him about the ball game. i was talking to another guy about the ball game. he missed it! he told me to shut up. and then give me the finger. i said what? i'm not talking to you. >> my money is on louisville right now. the louisville fan admitted he threw the first punch, but the kentucky man is not filing
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charges. by the time police arrived, the altercation was over. after questioning both men, they closed the case. >> man, at the dialysis clinic, still hooked up beating each other down. i have a friend who's from kentucky. that rivalry is deep just like duke/north carolina. it's deep in kentucky those two. the dialysis machine. boys, calm down. calm down and get your treatment. whew. here's the thursday forecast, everybody. morning snow in northern new england. we're still seeing snow. it's almost april. scattered showers from memphis to the carolinas and from san antonio to new orleans. hail and dangerous winds around omaha, kansas city and topeka. some pouring rain and mountain snow in the northwest and northern cali. >> 68 in sacramento. 48 in seattle. it's 49 in fargo, 52 in detroit, 66 in indianapolis. upper 50s in new york, 65 baltimore, 80s in dallas, too. you're still laughing. >> that's my favorite story of the week. are you kidding me? oh, that was great. all right, most parents prefer some privacy, of course, when they bring children into the world, but not these bald eagles in iowa.
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>> oh, no. the mother laid three eggs last month. now two of those three have hatched, and it's all been caught live on streaming video from a webcam. here are a few details about the happy couple. they've been together since the winter of '07. since then, they've successfully hatched and fledged 11 eaglets in their nest near a state-owned hatchery. >> alicia silverstone's home video. >> regurgitating that food? normal for birds. humans? >> we'll be right back with more after this. don't go nowhere, y'all. ♪ fly like an eagle ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by hoveround power chair. veround power chair. who do you call? call hoveround now, to see if you qualify for america's premier power chair. hi, i'm tom kruse, inventor and founder of hoveround. now you can do more, see more, enjoy life more. here's why hoveround makes it easier than any other
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well, one ek fro well, one week from tonight, the l.a. dodgers open their season against the san diego padres. those dodgers are under new management, as i'm sure you've heard. >> that's for sure.
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it's a group of owners, but of course, the highest profile among them is former l.a. laker and nba legend earvin "magic" johnson. knbc's rob hayes reports on all the excitement in the city of angels. >> reporter: from nba all-star and laker icon to successful businessman, earvin "magic" johnson has made the transition smoothly, but can he make the switch now to baseball? that question is downright radioactive. >> we as dodger fans, again, we can be excited about this, but there is -- we also have to give this group some time. >> reporter: l.a.'s radio waves were buzzing with talk about the sale of the dodgers to magic's group and the ownership's odds of succeeding. >> frank mccourt, a guy who came here from boston and purchased the team for $430 million that he borrowed, leaves with $2 billion and half, a 50% share of all the land around the stadium. >> reporter: getting the public to forget about mccourt will be johnson's task. magic is clearly an l.a. sports
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hero as well as a business leader and community advocate. and while he appears to be the face of the new owners, johnson is just one of several partners in the group buying the team. >> i was a little shocked and surprised, but, you know, i think it's a happy day for everybody in l.a. and for the dodgers to know we have a new owner. >> reporter: an even more optimistic vibe out on the street. many dodger fans say getting mccourt out of the front office was the first priority. that one of the new owners is magic is an added benefit. >> i think it's something that needs to be done for the team to move forward, and i think for the city to move forward along with the team. >> i think magic is a wonderful individual. so, i think he will be a great buyer for the team. >> reporter: but not everyone shares the same optimism. after the mccourt years, some fans say they're still angry and wonder if the new owners will have any money left over to spend on players and the stadium improvements. rob hayes reporting for abc news. >> i think that's a perfect fit. you think l.a. sports you think magic johnson. so -- >> the community is going to embrace him.
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>> it all fits. >> i might find myself going west, going to a couple dodgers games. >> why not? the weather's better. >> i like hot dogs. nachos and cheese. >> did you ever play baseball? >> i played softball. >> softball. were you any good? >> my first game sophomore year, turned a double play. >> really? >> boom. outfielder. >> hero, folks. >> then i switched to infield, second base. now i can't play because i can't run. i'm out of shape. >> that's all exciting. coming up next, will ferrell returns to one of his funniest roles and one of your favorites. >> and wait until you see the clip of the prez singing "i'm sexy and i know it." kind of. we explain in "the skinny." >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this
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♪ ♪ skinny, so skinny ♪ you have to love the internet and what folks do on youtube and edit stuff together. there is this student who goes to the university of tennessee his username is baracksdubs, and he's put together this clip of the president singing this big lmfao hit, "i'm sexy and i know it." it's pretty funny. check it out. ♪ >> i'm sexy and i know it, know
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it, know it. ♪ i'm sexy and i know it ♪ ♪ i'm sexy and i know it >> keeps going, i know he is. >> exactly right. he does another one, too, the president singing a lady gaga song "born this way." it's the latest incarnation of it. congratulations to him, good editing there of the president singing. but none of this matters because paula is excited this morning for a whole different reason. the floor is yours. this is my favorite story of the day, maybe of the year. >> wow! >> a movie that is sure to be up for some academy awards next year. >> of course. >> ron burgundy is back! listen. >> ladies and gentlemen, can i please have your attention. i've just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. i need all of you to stop what you're doing and listen. cannonball!
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>> he is splashing into the beautiful waters of "anchorman 2," or they may call it "the sequel is back." so, we're not exactly sure when this is going to be released. a very funny bit. he went on "conan" tonight. he made his grand entrance playing the jazz flute, of course. so far, paul rudd's back, steve carell's back, of course, will ferrell. not sure about the others, though. >> it is one of your favorite movies. you've been excited about it. >> i was lukewarm about it when i first saw it, but then it grew on me, and it honestly is one of my all-time favorites. >> it is good stuff. if you're in this business, you have a certain appreciation for mr. burgundy. >> now not how it works, but hysterical. >> not all the time. charles barkley is starting a new campaign for weight watchers. he's done this since fall of 2011. well now, he's starting a new campaign called "lose like a man." and there will be a commercial that is set to air on april the 8th. and as you can see right there, there he is in a halter dress, high heels and a wig, dressed
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like a lady. radaronline get this video here. and charles dropped 40 pounds since starting this new diet. so, he is just kind of putting on the garb for the weight watchers folks. he's the king of outrageous. i love charles barkley, ever since his 76ers days. looking good there in his black dress and wig and, dude looks like a lady. >> i wonder if his golf game will be any better. >> ooh. i'll let you and charles take that up. so, you're a big fan of "modern family," are you not? >> best comedy on tv. >> it raked in $164 million for abc last year alone, so no surprise that five of the top cast members want a raise. ty burrell, sofia vergara, julio bow julie bowen, jesse tyler ferguson. i was surprised. they want triple the salary right now. for one episode, they're making $65,000. they want to triple it to $200,000. it's a cash cow. i think it's a no-brainer. keep your people happy. >> you remember back in the day the cast of "friends" were each making $1 million per episode.
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these guys, number one comedy on tv, should be up there. so, get your money. especially give it to sofia vergara. ara.
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you're watching "world news now." >> sleep is overrated. ♪ back when britney was relevant. good. >> she's irrelevant now? she kind of is. >> she kind of is. okay, so, money is relevant, though. >> always. >> so finally this half hour, money changes everything. some folks lined up in southern california, making it rain, hoping to, obviously. want some of that change, dishing it out. >> making it rain and they want that $500,000 million up for grabs tomorrow. >> how much? >> $500 million up for grabs tomorrow night. while winning the jackpot may solve a lot of problems, it can cause some headaches as well. here's abc's john berman. >> reporter: thinking about
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diving into that office lottery pool? beware! the waters might be more treacherous than you think. >> once a pool wins, money changes a situation. money changes people. it changes everything. >> reporter: florida attorney eric shane has seen so many pool problems, his firm lists assisting in lottery disputes as an area of expertise. yes, joining forces in buying more tickets can increase your odds of winning. the problem is, it's beating the odds, but what happens if you do? in new jersey this month, a jury ruled a construction worker cheated his five co-workers out of their share of a $39 million jackpot. to avoid this pool peril, lawyers advise drafting something like a pool prenup. >> it should be done a certain specific way with identified members of the pool, with identified rules and a game plan of what would happen if you should win. >> some tips? make clear what happens if someone skips a week. make copies of the tickets and make a list with everyone's name
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and how much they contributed. sounds like a buzz kill, but pools are not all poison. in los angeles, a group of 16 school workers in a pool won not once, but twice in less than a year. >> it's exciting. >> reporter: they each pocketed more than $700,000. >> lightning struck twice here at bandino elementary school. >> reporter: yes, in some pools, the water is just fine. john berman, abc news, new york. >> in case you're wondering, the lump sum payment is $359 million. and take the lump sum. so, we have a contract here. >> each of us five bucks. rob, myself, tinayn and donna. who are our wonderful hair and makeup artists. we're going to split it equally and we have it signed. and we have proof now. >> contract is there, baby. >> making it rain. >> my money, honey. >> mm-hmm. is this your ticket? mm-mmm. this i >> announcer: this is abc's
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